Reds win tight affair

The Reds hit back after their loss last weekend to get their first win of the season.

The Reds managed to hold off the Waratahs 25 – 17 after leading 17 – 3 at half time.

The Reds shook off the loss against the Brumbies last weekend to score 17 points in the opening 15 minutes to get their confidence back and get themselves back in contention in the Australian conference.

After being bossed the first half the Waratahs managed to get themselves back in the match, drawing level halfway through the second half to make it an interesting closing quarter.

Dom Shipperley and Ben Tapuai scored early in the match, Tapuai’s try being on the turnover and running in from nearly 60m. The second half started with a try from debutant Israel Folau, who managed to fall over the line after taking a difficult pass. Ben Volavola scored the second, making quite an impact coming on from the bench.

Tapuai, who was captain at this stage due to James Slipper leaving the field at half time, rounded a good display by scoring his second try and sealing the game for the Reds. Mike Harris’ kicking was much better than in the Brumbies match, kicking a late penalty to stretch the lead to 8 points and deny the Waratahs a bonus point.

The expected talking point from this match, being Folau’s Super Rugby debut, failed to deliver with the youngster looking nervous, losing possession on numerous occasions and having to deal with the attentions of Digby Ioane all night. He should improve from this outing.

The Reds extended their impressive record at the Suncorp Stadium, with the Waratahs left ruing missed opportunities in the first half.

By Richard Ferguson